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Stumptown Comic Arts Awards 2012 Winners

The Stumptown Comic Art Awards 2012 were presented last night in Portland, OR. In a packed-room ceremony following a bustling first day at the Stumptown Comics Fest, host Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts presented the awards to the winners. Nominees in each category were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of comics industry professionals, journalists, and retailers, and then voted on by the comics-reading public. This year's categories and winners are:

Best Artist
Jonathan Case
, Green River Killer

Best Writer
Brandon Graham
, Prophet

Best Cartoonist
Jaime Hernandez
, Love and Rockets

Best Letterer
Stan Sakai
, Usagi Yojimbo: Fox Hunt

Best Colorist
Dave Stewart
, Hellboy: House of the Living Dead; Chimichanga

Best Publication Design
Petrograd
, Tyler Crook and Keith Wood

Best Anthology
Lies Grownups Told Me
edited by Nomi Kane, Jen Vaughn, Caitlin M.

Best Small Press
Fugue #1 by Beth Hetland

Best New Talent
Jonathan Case, Dear Creature, Green River Killer

Reader's Choice
Vic Boone by Shawn Aldridge, Geoffo Panda

The awards again featured Beastlies sculptures created by Leslie Levings of Beastlies.com

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the inaugural Stumptown Comic Arts Awards!

Posted April 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Stumptown Comics Festival Fundraising After Party! Location: Jupiter Hotel 800 E. Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214 (Map)
Date: Sat, Apr. 28, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Oni Press and Stumptown Comics invite you to join us for the Stumptown Comics Festival After Party hosted by Bobby Roberts of the Cort and Fatboy show on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00pm at the Jupiter Hotel!

It's a full night of music, art, beer, and fun inspired by comics and the awesome people who love and make them! All attendees and guests with badges admitted to the party for free, open to the public for $5 Admission. Proceeds benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Independent Publishing Resource Center's Dylan Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund and Stumptown Comics.

The party features the presentation of the Stumptown Comic Arts Awards, a rare live musical performance by Stumptown special guest Mike Allred and his band The Gear, and the annual Stumptown Comic Art Battle hosted by Paul Guinan! Plus beer by Ninkasi Brewery!

This is THE social event of the festival weekend, so don't miss your chance to party down Stumptown style!

Posted April 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM | Permalink
2012 Stumptown Comic Arts Awards - Final Nominees Announced

Stumptown Comics Fest is proud to announce the final list of nominees for the 2012 Stumptown Comic Arts Awards as chosen by our panel of judges. Voting will take place online until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, April 18. Anyone with internet access is eligible to vote at http://www.stumptowncomics.com/awards.php. Votes will be tabulated, and the awards will be presented to the winners during the Comics Fest After Party on Saturday, April 28 at the Jupiter Hotel.

The Nominees are . . .

Best Writer

  • Joshua Willamson, Sketch Monsters
  • Phillip Gelatt, Petrograd
  • Cullen Bunn, The Sixth Gun V. 2: Crossroads
  • Brandon Graham, Prophet
  • John Arcudi and Mike Mignola, BPRD: Hell on Earth -- Russia
Best Artist
  • Tyler Crook, Petrograd
  • Fiona Staples, Saga
  • Gary Gianni, Monster Men
  • Brian Hurt, The Sixth Gun V. 2: Crossroads
  • Jonathan Case, Green River Killer
Best Cartoonist
  • Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo: Fox Hunt
  • Roman Muradov, The Yellow Zine
  • Ray Fawkes, One Soul
  • Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets
  • Carla Speed McNeil, Finder
Best Letterer
  • Nate Piekos, Green River Killer
  • Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo: Fox Hunt
  • Tom Orzechowski and Lois Buhalis, Manara Library
  • Roman Muradov, The Yellow Zine
  • Doug Sherwood, Petrograd
Best Colorist
  • Bill Crabtree, The Sixth Gun V. 2: Crossroads
  • Dave Stewart, Hellboy: House of the Living Dead; Chimichanga
  • Roman Muradov, The Yellow Zine
  • Richard Ballermann, The Prophet
  • Diana Nock, The Intrepid Girlbot: Unconditional, Vol. 1
Best Publication Design
  • Petrograd, Tyler Crook and Keith Wood
  • Any Empire, Nate Powell and Tony Ong
  • Luci's Let Down, Marjee Chmiel and Sandra Lanz
  • Kus! #9, Ryan Sands
  • Dotter of her Father's Eyes, Bryan Talbot
Best Anthology
  • Study Group Magazine #1, edited by Zack Soto
  • Lies Grownups Told Me, edited by Nomi Kane, Jen Vaughn, Caitlin M.
  • Kus! #9, edited by Ryan Sands
  • Elf World #2, edited by Francois Vigneault
  • Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson
Best Small Press
  • Gangsta Rap Posse #2, Benjamin Marra
  • The Intrepid Girlbot: Unconditional, Vol. 1, Diana Nock
  • Fugue #1, Beth Hetland
  • Luci's Let Down, Marjee Chmiel and Sandra Lanz
  • Study Group Magazine #1, Zack Soto
Best New Talent
  • Jonathan Case, Dear Creature, Green River Killer
  • Roman Muradov, The Yellow Zine
  • Diana Nock, The Intrepid Girlbot: Unconditional, Vol. 1
  • Marjee Chmiel, Luci's Let Down
  • Johnny Negron, Diamond Comics #6
Reader's Choice: Voters are encouraged to list their three favorite comics of the last twelve months, and the winner will be tabulated from all submissions received.

Only one vote will be counted per person, duplicates will be eliminated.
Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM | Permalink
Stumptown Comic Arts Awards 2012 Open for Submissions

The Stumptown Comics Fest, the largest creator-focused comics convention in the Pacific Northwest, is now accepting submissions of comic work for consideration by our judges for the 2012 Stumptown Comic Arts Awards. Publishers and creators interested in submitting work should include one copy of each title to be considered, accompanied by an official Entry Submission form which can be downloaded from the link below:


2012 Comic Arts Awards Submission Form

Please include one form with each work being submitted.

Categories for this year's awards include Best Artist, Best Writer, Best Cartoonist, Best Letterer, Best Colorist, Best Publication Design, Best Small Press, Best Anthology, and Best New Talent. Any work published after April 2011 will be eligible, and digital comics (meaning any comic published either online or for mobile devices) are also eligible for any category by following the instructions on the submission form. Submitters may not submit more than five distinct works per category, but works may be submitted in any number of categories.

Entries must be postmarked no later than the submission deadline of March 5, 2012 to be considered, and should be mailed to this address:

Stumptown Comics, Inc.
Comic Arts Awards 2012 Submission

P.O. Box 40343
Portland, OR 97240-0343

As with last year, all work submitted will be subject to consideration by a jury of industry professionals. The jury will issue a final ballot in March 2012, which will be available online for voting by any and all professionals, fans and readers of the comic arts. The votes will determine the final winners of each category, which will be tabulated and awarded at the Awards Ceremony to be held during the Stumptown Comics Fest on April 28 & 29 in Portland, Oregon.

Any questions about the Comic Arts Awards should be directed to the Director of the Comics Fest, Indigo Kelleigh at director@stumptowncomics.com.

Posted January 30, 2012 at 3:23 PM | Permalink
Stumptown Comic Arts Awards 2011 Winners


The Stumptown Comic Art Awards 2011 were presented last night in Portland, OR. In a packed-room ceremony following a bustling first day at the Stumptown Comics Fest, host Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts presented the awards to the winners. Nominees in each category were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of comics industry professionals, journalists, and retailers, and then voted on by the comics-reading public. This year's categories and winners are:

Best Artist
Emily Carroll
, His Face All Red

Best Writer
Aaron Renier
, The Unsinkable Walker Bean

Best Cartoonist
Bryan Lee O'Malley
, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour

Best Letterer
Johnny Ryan
, Prison Pit #2

Best Colorist
Emily Carroll
, His Face All Red

Best Publication Design
Michael DeForge
, Spotting Deer

Best Anthology
Studygroup 12 #4, edited by Zack Soto

Best Small Press
"I Want You #2" by Lisa Hanawalt

Best New Talent
Michael DeForge

Reader's Choice
Pang, the Wandering Shaolin Monk by Ben Costa

Director's Choice
The Sixth Gun, by Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn, published by Oni Press

The awards themselves were sculpted by Leslie Levings of Beastlies.com, with shelves provided by Lavrans Mathiesen, a Portland woodworker.

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the inaugural Stumptown Comic Arts Awards!

Posted April 17, 2011 at 8:22 AM | Permalink
2011 Stumptown Comic Arts Awards Nominees

Stumptown Comics Fest is proud to announce the final list of 2011 nominees for the Stumptown Comic Arts Awards as chosen by our panel of judges. And they are: Best Artist

Best Writer Best Cartoonist Best Letterer Best Colorist Best Publication Design Best Anthology Best Small Press Best New Talent Reader's Choice:
Voters are asked to list up to three of their favorite comics from April 2010 to April 2011. Any graphic novel, trade paper back collection, single issue or ongoing series, small press or online - whatever title has the most votes as determined by the readers will win this special prize. 

To vote in this year's awards, please visit:
http://www.stumptowncomics.com/awards_ballot
After voting, you will receive an email which must be confirmed in order for your vote to be counted.

Judges for the 2011 Stumptown Comics Awards are: Michael Allred (Madman), Brandon Graham (King City), Laura Hudson (Editor, ComicsAlliance.com), Michael Ring (Owner, Bridge City Comics), and Jason Leivian (Owner, Floating World Comics).
Posted March 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM | Permalink
Comic Arts Awards First-Ever Jury!

The Stumptown Comic Arts Awards have revealed the highly-anticipated roster for their award's inaugural jury, consisting of celebrated cartoonists, local retail visionaries and comics journalists.

This year's judges are:

Michael "Doc" Allred's critically acclaimed character Madman has been published by Tundra and Dark Horse Comics before moving to his current home at Image Comics, where he'll celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2012. Allred's other popular work includes a 38-issue run on X-Force (later X-Statix) with writer Peter Milligan, and his creator-owned The Atomics and the mini-series, Red Rocket 7. His latest series I, Zombie launched with Vertigo in 2010.

Brandon Graham was a Northwest native before moving to New York and later Vancouver BC. In New York, he became a founding member of the comic arts collective MeatHaus and found inspiration for his Eisner-nominated series King City, which is now being published by Image Comics and TokyoPop. Brandon's other published works include Escalator (2005) and Multiple Warheads (ongoing, Oni Press).

Laura Hudson is the Editor-In-Chief at ComicsAlliance.com, which was nominated in 2010 for an Eisner award for "Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism". She also served as Senior Editor at the now-defunct magazine Comics Foundry, as well as being an Associate Editor at Publishers Weekly Comics Week.

Michael Ring is the proprietor of Portland's own Bridge City Comics. Launched in 2005, Bridge City grew from Michael's rediscovered love of the medium and was built on the knowledge he gained while working for the previous several years in the marketing department at Dark Horse Comics. Bridge City is recommended and supported by many in the local comics industry thanks to Michael's extensive knowledge and expertise.

Jason Leivian started Floating World Comics as a store with the artist and the reader in mind. With the largest selection of small press and indie books in town, Jason keeps a steady balance with all the latest titles from the major publishers as well. His support of the local art comics scene shows through his own publication Diamond Comics, and the monthly art shows he presents in his in-store gallery space. His unique view to curating a comic store has earned him critical nods from The Oregonian, the Portland Mercury, Wired, and Flavorwire among others.

Artists, writers, publishers, cartoonists: To be considered for a Stumptown Comic Arts Awards please remember to fill out the form at the Awards Page and send it in. Entries must be postmarked no later than the submission deadline of February 25, 2011 to be considered, and should be mailed to this address:

Stumptown Comics Foundation
Comic Arts Awards 2011 Submission
P.O. Box 40343
Portland, OR 97240-0343

The Stumptown Comics Fest is the largest creator-focused comics convention in the Pacific Northwest. The Fest will be held on April 16-17, 2011 at the Oregon Convention Center, and the Comic Arts Awards will be presented at a ceremony on April 16th. Check www.stumptowncomics.com, or follow us on twitter at @stumptowncomics for the latest news and announcements about the schedule and exhibitor lists. Questions about the Fest can be directed to Indigo Kelleigh at Director@stumptowncomics.com.

Posted February 8, 2011 at 2:02 PM | Permalink
Stumptown Comic Arts Awards 2011 Open for Submissions

The Stumptown Comics Fest, the largest creator-focused comics convention in the Pacific Northwest, is now accepting submissions of comic work for consideration by our judges for the 2011 Stumptown Comic Arts Awards. Publishers and creators interested in submitting work should include one copy of each title to be considered, accompanied by an official Entry Submission form which can be downloaded from the Stumptown Comics Fest website by clicking this link.

Categories for this year's awards include Best Artist, Best Writer, Best Cartoonist, Best Letterer, Best Colorist, Best Publication Design, Best Small Press, and Best New Talent. Any work published after April 2010 will be eligible, and digital comics (meaning any comic published either online or for mobile devices) are also eligible for any category by following the instructions on the submission form. No submission fee will be required or collected for the 2011 Stumptown Comic Arts Awards. Submitters may not submit more than five distinct works per category, but works may be submitted in any number of categories.

Entries must be postmarked no later than the submission deadline of February 25, 2011 to be considered, and should be mailed to this address:

Stumptown Comics Foundation
Comic Arts Awards 2011 Submission

P.O. Box 40343
Portland, OR 97209-0343

In a departure from previous years, all work submitted will be subject to consideration by a jury of industry professionals. The jury will issue a final ballot in March 2011, which will be available as a pdf download for voting by any and all professionals, fans and readers of the comic arts. The votes will determine the final winners of each category, which will be tabulated and awarded at the Awards Ceremony to be held during the Stumptown Comics Fest on April 16 & 17th 2011 in Portland, Oregon.

Any questions about the Comic Arts Awards should be directed to the Director of the Comics Fest, Indigo Kelleigh at Director@stumptowncomics.com.

Posted January 11, 2011 at 12:00 AM | Permalink
Congratulations to Winners of the 4th Annual Stumptown Comics Fest Trophy Awards!

The Stumptown Comics Fest Trophy Awards works to bring recognition to the amazing and creative writers, artists, and publishers that the Stumptown Comics Foundation strives to support. Publications under review for these awards were been submitted by the various talented folk involved in the Stumptown Comics Fest event. Submissions were judged not by a panel of "professionals", but by those attending the Fest on Saturday, April 24, meaning the trophies were awarded based on the popular vote of actual comics fans. Without further ado...

...congratulations to the winners of this year's Stumptown Comics Fest Trophy Awards!


  • Outstanding Debut: The Complete Ouija Interviews, Sarah Becan

  • Outstanding Writing: Boilerplate, Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett

  • Outstanding Art: Boilerplate, Paul Guinan

  • Outstanding Small Press: Bearfight!, BT Livermore

  • Outstanding Publication Design: Panorama, Stephenny Godfrey

  • Outstanding D.I.Y.: Bearfight!, BT Livermore

  • Outstanding Webcomic: Wondermark, David Malki

  • Mystery Award: Portland mayor Sam Adams, in recognition of his naming April as Comic Book month for the third consecutive year

This year, the Trophy Awards ceremony was hosted by podcaster Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts, cartoonist Carolyn Main, and Shannon Wheeler (of The New Yorker and Too Much Coffee Man fame), and was held Saturday night at Cosmic Monkey Comics.

The awards ceremony was followed by the ever-popular and rowdy Comic Art Battle. Hosted by local Marvel comics scribe Jeff Parker, the Comic Art Battle has been described as a cross between Pictionary and professional wrestling... and it was definitely not a scene to miss for those involved in the independent comics scene. We hear there was even a "dance off" tie-breaker!

Our appreciation goes out not only to those who coordinated the event, but to all who submitted their work for review, and to the comics fans who entered their votes. Thanks you all, and we hope to see you again next year!

Posted April 28, 2010 at 1:36 PM | Permalink
Trophy Awards: Submit Your Works Now!

The 4th annual Stumptown Trophy Awards are currently accepting submissions from artists, writers, illustrators, and self-publishers exhibiting at this year's Stumptown Comics Fest. The Fest takes place April 24th & 25th in Portland, OR, and the deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2010.

Trophies will be awarded in the following six categories:
DIY: For self-published, hand-made works
Design: For overall publication design
Writing: For exemplary writing, and compelling narrative
Art: For illustrations that clearly help the story
Web Comic: For comics and art which appeared initially online
Debut: For works making their worldwide debut at this year's Comics Fest
A seventh trophy, the Mystery Award, will be given at the discretion of the organizers of the awards.

To submit your work for this year's Trophy Awards, begin by filling out the submission form located online at http://www.stumptowncomics.com/awards. A $5 submission fee is required for each category in which you wish to submit a work for consideration, and a copy of the work must be sent to:

Trophy Awards
P.O. Box 40343
Portland, OR 97240-0343

or (if the work is digital) emailed to awards@stumptowncomics.com, before the April 15th deadline. All eligible works will be added to the ballot to be distributed to attendees at the Stumptown Comics Fest on April 24th. Votes will be collected throughout the day and tallied, and the Trophies will be awarded at the after party being hosted by Cosmic Monkey Comics in Portland, OR.

The After-Party is a tradition dating back to the very beginnings of the Fest, and has been hosted at Cosmic Monkey Comics since 2006. This year's party and Trophies Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 24th starting at 8pm. The Trophies will be presented by Stumptown's own Shannon Wheeler and Carolyn Main, along with radio, film and comics Geek Celebré, Bobby 'Fatboy' Roberts (co-host of the local Cort and Fatboy radio show). After the Trophies Ceremony, be sure to stick around for the infamous Comic Art Battle, where Stumptown cartoonists square off, trading jibes, swipes, and ink-stained blows, competing for fabulous prizes and the adoration of the beer-addled crowd!

Inquiries about the Trophy Awards should be directed to awards@stumptowncomics.com.

Posted February 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM | Permalink
Third Annual Trophy Awards Now Open for Nominations!

Creators, publishers, and self-publishers planning to attend the 2009 Stumptown Comics Fest on April 18th and 19th are hereby invited to nominate their newest comics and books—or those of others!—for the annual Trophy Awards. These awards will celebrate the best new works from the Fest's many exhibitors on Saturday night, April 18th, 2009 at Cosmic Monkey Comics.

To be considered for a Trophy Award, simply fill out the online form, submit it, and send two copies of each work—along with the $5-per-category entry fee—to the address below. The online nomination form is now available at www.stumptowncomics.com/awards. Please limit nominations to two categories per work, and note that no submissions will be considered after April 4th. Works should be no older than one year. Winners are chosen by balloted vote conducted on Saturday with attendees of the fest, and a display of all nominated works will be available for general perusal at the show. We ask that nominees, or someone representing them, attend the awards ceremony at Cosmic Monkey, as non-represented winners may be subject to good-natured mockery for absenteeism.

The awards categories are:

  • DEBUT: For works freshly released at the fest. Come on out, little books.
  • DIY: For self-published works showing exemplary spunk, energy, and ingenuity.
  • SMALL PRESS: For publications between mainstream and DIY.
  • WEBCOMIC: For exemplary works published on the web.
  • WRITING: You know, the words.
  • ART: You know, the pictures.
  • DESIGN: Examines the quality of production. How a book looks, feels, and smells.
  • MYSTERY: Not the genre, but the award itself! A secret panel of judges will select a book, website, person, project, or event for special recognition with this enigmatic award. No nominations are accepted for this award, though all are eligible.

Please mail your entries to Stumptown Trophy Awards '09, P.O. Box 40715 Portland, OR 97240 in time for an April 4th delivery, and make your checks out to The Stumptown Comics Foundation. Then come on out to the 6th Annual Stumptown Comics Fest at the Lloyd Center Doubletree (1000 NE Multnomah, Portland OR, 97232) on April 18th and 19th, and join the 3rd annual Trophy Awards shindig and ceremony at Cosmic Monkey Comics (5335 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland OR, 97213). Hope to see you there!

Shannon Wheeler
Awards Coordinator
wheeler@tmcm.com | 503.230.0123

Katie Moody
Stumptown Publicity
stumptowncomicsfest@gmail.com

Posted February 17, 2009 at 11:57 AM | Permalink
2008 Trophy Awards Extension

Three quick last-minute announcements about this year's Trophy Awards...

First, due to great interest from e-comics folks, the Trophy Awards committee has decided to add a brand-spankin'-new category for Webcomics! If you'd like to nominate your webcomic for an award, be sure to include the url for your site in the Additional Notes field!

Second, since there are a number of talented people who didn't snag a table before they all sold out, ALL FEST ATTENDEES are now eligible to enter. You still have to be present at the Awards Ceremony, though, otherwise we WILL trash-talk you if you win.

And finally, the deadline for entries has been extended to April 24th! That's right, we're pushing it to the limit, to give you all as much time as possible to get your books into our hands. All the info you need is at www.stumptowncomics.com/awards.

Posted April 16, 2008 at 8:42 PM | Permalink
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